Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield criticized for queuing to pay tribute to Queen

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were criticized for not queuing with the public as they paid tribute to the late Queen.

Members of the public and stars including Tilda Swinton, David Beckham and Susanna Reid waited for hours in the main line to see the Queen at Westminster Hall.

but This morning Presenters Willoughby and Schofield got in a separate line.

A source tells MailOnline: “They could not pay their respects to the Queen like the public queue, but they filmed in an area reserved for the press.”

The Independent contacted ITV and This morning for comment.

Many social media users were still upset with the couple. “David Beckham in line for over 10 hours paying his respects to the Queen while Holly and Phil saunter in, skipping the line is a horrific sight. Why do people like this think they are special? If you are not royalty or a foreign president, join the queue. Over,” one person wrote.

“Holly and Phil trying to justify jumping the queue by saying they’re being filmed for #ThisMorning on Tuesday are really being shown on that day,” added another. “Ultimately they will have a few seconds of footage, while Susanna Reid will have hours of stories from her time queuing with the public.”

A third wrote: “Absolutely can’t process Phil and Holly getting fast track passes to see the Queen’s coffin like they were in Thorpe Park.”

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield

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A fourth argued: “I think if Susanna Reid had used her press pass like Phil Schofield and Holly Willoughby we would have a different conversation now but no one should be jumping five mile lines whatever the excuse.”

“I don’t care if they appeared to have been in a press queue… Holly and Phil aren’t press. They are celebrities. You should have lined up like everyone else. Kudos to everyone who has waited all those hours. That’s true respect,” tweeted another.

On Saturday (September 17) the King and Prince of Wales made a surprise visit to greet mourners queuing for the Queen’s funeral.

The final wait is now said to be 14 hours, with queues snaking all the way back to Southwark Park in Bermondsey, south-east London.

Follow the latest updates after the death of Queen Elizabeth II here

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